The important thing is that we are united about the object of our prayer. Jesus says, “If two or three of you agree in asking for anything, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven” (Matt. 18:19–20). If two or three ask God for something to happen, it will happen. It is not the words we use that matter, but our unity. There is no need for many words giving an exact description; God needs no explanation from us. What matters is that the members of a church reach complete agreement about the object of their prayer before they join in calling upon him.

Discipleship is not the route to some benign religious fulfillment, but a revolution – a transformation that begins within and spreads outward to encompass every aspect of life.